We’re a week into Women’s History Month and people all over the internet are posting lists of good books about women’s history.*  I am happily adding names to my To-Be-Read list, which is already so long that I may never work my way through it. But in the excitement of learning about new (or at…

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  Several years ago, I reported on an excellent book  about how pianist Van Cliburn’s victory at Russia’s first Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 helped change the course of the Cold War. It was a revelation, but I didn’t realize that the culture battles of the Cold War were only one example of the role that…

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